United Nations independent expert on human rights, Akich Okola, was due to conduct his 13th mission to Burundi from May 23 to May 29 to appraise the human rights situation in light of the elections in the nation. Okala said he will gather first-hand information on human rights development related to the polls such as freedom of assembly, association and expression. Burundi has already conducted its district polls on May 24. More than 3.5 million people registered for the polls. The district elections is the first of the five stages of elections scheduled until September.